Digging Deeper: Spiritual Gifts in the Bible

An incomplete list of scriptural references to Spiritual Gifts Note: some are mentioned more than once; the gift is bolded only the first time it appears in Scripture


“To some people the Spirit gives a message of wisdom. To others the same Spirit gives a message of knowledge. To others the same Spirit gives faith. To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing. To others he gives the power to do miracles. To others he gives the ability to prophesy. To others he gives the ability to tell the spirits apart [discernment]. To others he gives the ability to speak in different kinds of languages they had not known before. And to still others he gives the ability to explain what was said in those languages.” ~I Corinthians 12:8:10


“First, God has placed apostles in the church. Second, he has placed prophets in the church. Third, he has placed teachers in the church. Then he has given to the church miracles and gifts of healing. He also has given the gift of helping others and the gift of guiding the church. God also has given the gift of speaking in different kinds of languages. I Corinthians 12:28


“We all have gifts. They differ according to the grace God has given to each of us. Do you have the gift of prophecy? Then use it according to the faith you have. If your gift is serving, then serve. If it is teaching, then teach. Is it encouraging others? Then encourage them. Is it giving to others? Then give freely. Is it being a leader? Then work hard at it. Is it showing mercy? Then do it cheerfully.” Romans12:6-8


“So Christ himself gave the gift of the apostles to the church. He gave the prophets and those who preach the good news [evangelism]. And he also gave the pastors [shepherding] and teachers as a gift to the church.” Ephesians 4:11


“Welcome others into your homes without complaining. God’s gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully.”  I Peter 4:9-10


“I have filled him with the Spirit of God. I have filled Bezalel with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skill. He can make beautiful patterns in gold, silver and bronze. He can cut and set stones. He can work with wood. In fact, he can work in all kinds of crafts.”  Exodus 31:3-5


“First, I want you to pray for all people. Ask God to help and bless them. Give thanks for them. Pray for kings. Pray for everyone who is in authority. Pray that we can live peaceful and quiet lives. And pray that we will be godly and holy.” I Timothy 2:1-2


Praise him by blowing trumpets.
    Praise him with harps and lyres.
 Praise him with tambourines and dancing.
    Praise him with stringed instruments and flutes.
 Praise him with clashing cymbals.
    Praise him with clanging cymbals.” Psalm 150:3-5


Listing of Possible Spiritual Gifts:

  • Administration
  • Apostleship
  • Craftmanship
  • Creative Communication/Praise
  • Discernment
  • Encouragement/Exhortation
  • Evangelism
  • Faith
  • Giving
  • Healing/Restoring to Wholeness
  • Helping
  • Hospitality/Welcome
  • Intercession/Praying for Others
  • Interpretation of Tongues
  • Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Mercy
  • Miracles
  • Prophecy
  • Shepherding
  • Teaching
  • Tongues
  • Wisdom